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Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review: The Eye of Shiva by Alex Lukeman


The Eye of Shiva by Alex Lukeman is the 8th book in The Project series and it will have you on the edge of your seat. Nick, Selena, Ronnie, Lamont, Elizabeth, and Stephanie are all back to face off with an unknown foe and stop a nuclear war between India and Pakistan. There's a lot of unknowns but The Project works through brainstorming and Elizabeth's intuition to piece things together. The only problem is, are they able to stop things before it's to late? Hang on to your seats!

Book Summary:
On a mission to the Philippines Nick Carter of the Project finds ancient gold coins in a terrorist stronghold. The terrorists have been using the gold to buy weapons. Where did the coins come from? The discovery sets the Project team on a collision course with a ruthless terrorist who dreams of an Islamic Caliphate in India and a dying spy from India's CIA seeking revenge for the murder of his wife and son. All the while, a secret global conspiracy is manipulating events from behind the scenes. The conspirators want to provoke war between Pakistan and India and launch a nuclear missile at China. 

Clues hint that the gold coins are part of a legendary treasure looted from India in the 18th century by a Persian King. Among the stolen artifacts is a mystical jewel known as the Eye of Shiva. One man is obsessed with finding it and fulfilling a prophecy predicting the destruction of India's enemies. 

Nick and his lover Selena struggle with their doubts about each other even as they risk their lives against murderous enemies. As the war drums grow louder and tensions rise on the sub-continent, Nick and Selena are caught in a race against time to stop a nuclear war that will devastate China, Pakistan and India. 

The Eye of Shiva is a fast moving story of love, revenge and intrigue, guaranteed to keep you turning pages.
This is a great addition to The Project series and continues the relationship aspect of Nick and Selena while adding in a lot of suspense and thrills for the team and the situations they find themselves having to resolve. One of the things I love about The Project series is that the hero's can, and do, get hurt, have personal conflicts, and you never know what may happen. A lot of books have the hero's win and save the day and there aren't many, if any, consequences but not the Project. Anything goes.. I had no clue how this story would play out since we've seen before that as soon as you think it's safe things go bad but the story line introduced us to new characters and a thrilling plot that leaves you wanting more. It also sets the stage very nicely for a continuation of confrontations with AEON.

This is more than just a simple story, it's a series that continues on and leaves you wanting more after you're done reading. Alex has done a great job of finishing the stories in a way that makes you want to move on to the next book right away and see what's next for The Project, as well as the individual characters. Definitely pick up The Eye of Shiva and get ready for a fast paced thriller that will not disappoint.


I received a complimentary copy of The Eye of Shiva in PDF format from Alex Lukeman for review. The opinions in this review are mine alone and from my own personal viewpoint.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review: Cibola by David Wood


Cibola by David Wood is the second book in the Dane Maddock Adventures and it continues in the same fast moving action we found in Dourado. A slightly new cast is brought in, new locations are explored, and a hot fire romance is in the air. Twists, turns, and everything in between are brought into this new adventure but,with Dane and Bones around, there's nothing to fear - unless you work for the Dominion.

Dane Maddock and Uriah "Bones" Bonebreak, ex-Navy SEALs turned marine archaeologists, are back and they seem to like to accidentally fall into great adventures. Maddock starts off by rescuing the beautiful Jade Ihara from an underwater dig where she has found a Spanish breastplate that's more than just a historical artifact. After close examination of the breastplate, and a little of each other, they discover that it gives clues to the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. Bones is out in Utah, far from the ocean, helping his cousin at a dig when they suddenly make a startling discovery that Jesus may have visited the New World during His ministry. As more information is uncovered, the dig comes under attack, Bones finds a gold disc, and, with the help of reporter Amanda Shores, Bones escapes. The highlight of all this is that they learn who was attacking them, the Dominion. While this has all been going on, both Dane and Jade set off to follow the clues but the Dominion follows them at every turn. Maddock, Bones, Jade, Saul (Jade's assistant), and Amanda all get together to collaborate recent events and find that their separate digs actually work together! They also discover that someone is feeding information to the Dominion as they go and this starts to create stress throughout the group as they begin working on the last clue. It's a roller coaster ride as they fend off attacks from the Dominion, find and decipher the clues, and work together (or against each other at times) to find the Seven Cities of Cibola.

There is a lot that goes into this series and I believe that David Wood has done a fabulous job in not only telling a cool story (that could be made into movies, ahem) but also developing the characters into people you care about and want to know more about. They are rich characters and each has their own unique personalities that clash or compliment each other well. Bones gets on my nerves a bit but A) that's his personality and B) I'm more like Maddock anyways and his reactions pretty much parallel mine. I actually get the relationship they have and it's a perfect match. The love interests take us into a different area of their personalities as well and it helps to break up the testosterone levels a bit. It's a nice twist and definitely made Cibola a very enjoyable read.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: Liberty by David Wood and Edward G. Talbot


 Liberty by David Wood and Edward G. Talbot is a Dane and Bones Origins story that gives us another great adventure from Dane Maddock and Uriah "Bones" Bonebreak. This time they are thrust into adventure by old rivals and start on a journey of discovering secret deals that were made right before the signing of the Constitution. They also discover that there may be more than one group ready to take advantage of what they discover.

The story begins with a trip back to 1787 where a small group of founding fathers meet secretly to debate a few issues that have risen with the Constitution. Debate follows and a deal is eventually struck that could alter the future of America forever. Benjamin Franklin and Edmund Randolph hide information of that meeting for future generations to find which remains that way until 1863 in Gettysburg, PA. Josiah Hawthorne travels with a document that could assist with the outcome of the Civil War. Disguised as a Confederate soldier, he sneaks into their camp to meet with General Robert E. Lee. After the meeting, Hawthorne is captured by the Union and the document goes missing along with him. When his companion, Bunyan, reports this information to his superior, he is told that there is another document and all is not lost.

Present day, Dane and Bones are getting some R&R in Philadelphia when they realize that they are being followed. A chase through town begins their adventure and puts them on the spot of uncovering a secret that has been guarded since the signing of the Constitution. Dane and Bones begin putting together the pieces of the puzzle to discover who is after them when they realize that they are tangled in another web of the Sons of the Republic. As Dane and Bones begin to uncover the clues to locating the original Library of Congress, the hidden clues of Benjamin Franklin, and the final document that everyone is after, they find out just how fragile things were when the country was just coming together. They also find out that another group may be looking to do more with the information found than anyone could ever imagine.

The Dane and Bones series has really become a favorite of mine and Liberty doesn't disappoint. The characters are great and I'm really enjoying Bones more and more. The story was fast paced and enjoyable, too. It's similar to Indiana Jones and National Treasure but it stands on its own with the special elements of both characters being Navy SEALs and getting along so well despite of, or because of, their differences in personalities. I have to admit that I haven't read the first book of the series (Freedom) yet and it seems that if I had it would help clear some things up, such as the Sons of the Republic and their main characters but this book can be read as a standalone. I would recommend picking up Freedom as well, which is what I'm doing next. This is a great addition to the Dan and Bones collection and I know you'll love it.

This was a complimentary copy of Liberty in eBook format for the Kindle from David Wood for preview and review. The opinions in this review are mine alone and from my own personal viewpoint.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: Dance with the Enemy by Rob Sinclair


Dance with the Enemy by Rob Sinclair is a great first novel that introduces us to an excellent cast of characters, a great story, and descriptive details that will capture you and hold you tight. It's a great thrill ride full of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. It's a great beginning to a series that has a lot of life and potential, too.

Carl Logan is an asset for the Joint Intelligence Agency (JIA) along with his boss, Charles McCabe (Mackie). Logan is troubled and broken from recently being captured and tortured by the world's most ruthless terrorist, Youssef Salim. A brief look into Logan's past helps to start painting the reason for his troubles but things are about to change. Frank Modena, the Attorney General of the United States of America, is abducted while in Paris and Logan finds himself in active service again to find and rescue Modena. Although most of the JIA committee members don't want Logan on this mission, Mackie stands up for him and shows his dedication and unique friendship towards Logan. Logan begins his search with unlikely leads and follows his gut to begin following the trail.

As Logan begins to piece things together he encounters Special Agent Angela Grainger of the FBI. While each is suspicious of the other, they combine their forces to look for Modena, as well as help each other resolve similar past issues. They are hot on the trail of one of the world's worst terrorists but was Modena kidnapped to supply demands for a terrorist group or are there other ulterior motives at play? The reasons for taking the Attorney General are starting to become blurred while relationships are formed but there is more at stake than just the life of Modena. Revenge and closure, betrayal and trust. Lines are crossed but this is what it takes to dance with the enemy.

Dance with the Enemy was really good, especially for a first novel. The one element I can't get over was the detail given in the book. The descriptions given of the areas that were traveled were amazing and made me feel as if I was actually there seeing what was being described. The sequence descriptions help me visualize the action as it took place, too, and it was very realistic. Nothing over-the-top, no overkill - just true to life scenarios that really helped make this such a believable story. Side note - There are torture scenes but they aren't horrible. I hate torture scenes in general but this was bearable and for that I'm happy. this would have to be the only issue I had.

There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you focused and the story was very well thought out. I definitely recommend putting Dance with the Enemy on your list of must reads.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Review: Area 7 by Matthew Reilly


Area 7 by Matthew Reilly is the second book in the Shane Schofield series and it offers the same great character depth and development, storyline, and action that we got with Ice Station. Of course the stakes have to be upped on the second round and Reilly doesn't disappoint at all. Scarecrow and his team have to protect the President while he is being hunted by one of the best armed forces in the world, stop a nuclear attack on US soil, protect a vaccine for a deadly, ethnic biological weapon, and keep crazy prisoners at bay. Just another day at the office for Shane Schofield.

After the incident that transpired at Wilkes Ice Station, Scarecrow is reassigned to work on the Presidential detail aboard Marine One. He also brings along a team with him where we get to reacquaint ourselves with Mother and Fox while meeting Books son, Book II, new Marines, and the Secret Service's Special Agent Juliet Janson. Things are going well until a visit to Area 7 brings on a new game that no one is prepared for. The President is being hunted by the US Air Force's 7th Squadron while the Marines and Secret Service try to protect him and get him safely to the "football" so that a nuclear war doesn't start within the US borders. A secret virus targeting specific ethnic groups, as well as its vaccine, is being targeted by another group all while the most vile of prisoners have escaped and are waging their own war on everyone inside Area 7. Twists and turns keep everyone on their toes but when you have the Scarecrow and his trusty maghook, nothing is impossible.

Area 7 was a great story and I actually enjoyed the one locale setup again except for the boat chase. The boat chase just dragged on a bit for me but it was still good and, I suppose, needed to continue (or stretch out) the story a bit. Otherwise, WOW! The characters are moving forward nicely and you can't help but become attached to the team and what they go through. I was on the edge of the couch in anticipation for most of this book and it just moved through like you were a part of it. Great way to keep a lot of the old elements (Maghook, anyone?) while introducing new roles for the heroes, and heroines, and new concepts that could, maybe happen. Now, what happens next.....?